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Useful websites for Law
Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Abbreviations are a common deature of legal referencing styles and can be confusing. This site allows you to search for the full names of sources from their abbreviation, and to find the correct abbreviation from a full name.
The official OSCOLA site has the full OSCOLA referencing guide, a 'quick reference guide', and has links to other university websites that provide further support and tutorials.
The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases, and for criminal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It hears cases of the greatest public or constitutional importance affecting the whole population.
An online magazine for law students. The latest news, trends, advice and careers information from the profession. Requires registration.
The Official UK Government site for current and historical legislation (including Acts of Parliament and secondary legislation).
The UK Parliament official website contains lots of useful information, including learning materials about how Parliament works, profiles of MPs and Members of the House of Lords, and information about bills (draft laws) that parliament is currently debating.
Statistics are used by academics to support and develop arguments and theories. Use statistics in assignments or research to add weight to your arguments.
UK Official Statistics from the Office for National Statistics
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the most important source for UK official statistics. It collects, analyses and publishes statistics about the UK’s economy, society and population.
ONS statistics cover a range of different topics and subjects. As a Law student, you may wish to explore the following sections:
ONS Crime and Justice
Figures on crime levels and trends for England and Wales based primarily on two sets of statistics: the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and police recorded crime data.
Crime Survey for England and Wales
The Crime Survey for England and Wales is conducted on behalf of the ONS. It is an important monitor of the extent of crime in England and Wales. It is used by the Government to evaluate and develop crime reduction policies as well as providing vital information about the changing levels of crime over the last 30 years.
Statistics from government departments
Government departments also release statistics related to their functions and the policies that they implement.
UK Government Research and Statistics
You can use this page to search for official statistics released by government departments. As a starting point, you may wish to use the 'Organisation' menu on the left-hand side to search for 'Law Commission', 'Justice' or 'Legal'.
Guidance on using Internet resources
With millions of resources available on the internet, it can be difficult to find relevant and appropriate material even if you have good search skills.
The following tips will help you to develop your website evaluation skills for your reading, assignments and research. They're also handy for assessing any information you come across, online or offline, in your studies or in your life outside of university.
- Use the CRAAP Test developed by the Meriam Library in California. CRAAP stands for ‘Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose’.
- Ask your Academic Service Librarian for help with improving your information evaluation skills. They offer one-to-one support tutorials and workshops throughout the year.
- Use Virtual Training Suite which provides free online tutorials on using the internet for many subjects. It covers general skills and more specific, subject-relevant topics.
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The Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities is the referencing system that you will need to use for your assignments in Law modules at Newman.
TV and Radio programmes
Box of Broadcasts is an online streaming and archive service for TV and radio programmes for universities.
You can view and record over 2 million TV and radio programmes including off-air recordings from the BBC going back to 2007. You can also record programmes up to 30 days after broadcast from over 60 TV and radio channels.
Box of Broadcasts also allows you to create clips from programmes and share these with other users. You can keep your recorded programmes and clips for as long as you need them. You can also search other users’ content.